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Orders Placed to Factories Surge in June

ew orders for U.S. factory goods rose for the third straight month in June, the latest indication that a recent slowdown in manufacturing activity had probably run its course.

Consumer Confidence Falls Off in August

Americans are feeling worse about the economy than they have in a long time. Despite an improving U.S. job and housing markets, consumer confidence fell to the lowest level it's been since November 2011.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Roughly Flat in March

Americans are focusing on the good amid the latest barrage of conflicting economic news. The Consumer Confidence Index barely budged in March after hitting its highest level since before the financial crisis began in February.

Consumer Prices Were Unchanged in November

Consumer prices stayed flat in November, further evidence that inflation has cooled off. Energy costs dropped for the second straight month, which offset higher prices that Americans paid for food, clothes and medical services. The consumer price index was unchanged in November, the Labor Department said Friday. That followed a 0.1 percent decrease in October.

Is Coffee the New Leading Economic Indicator?

At Mo'joe Cafe in Berkeley, CA, customers huddle over their laptops and lattes, searching for jobs or working remotely as contractors. But business overall -- meaning mainly the "morning rush" -- is slow, and has been since the economic downturn. Could coffee sales be an index of economic health?

Economic indicators to watch in 2010

When it comes to the economy, there's no silver bullet. However, if you're trying to formulate a plan to bring your personal finances out of a...